Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date

Spring 4-2023


Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of


Asian Studies, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Ronnie Littlejohn

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Ava Munyer is a passionate and ambitious student at Belmont University pursing a double major in Finance and Business Systems and Analytics, as well as a minor in French. This paper explores the relationship between cultural background and societal engagement as a Lebanese-American, discussing the impact of ethnically identifying features in conjunction with ancestral history. After traveling to Lebanon and the birthplace of her ancestors and intensely connecting with her cultural traditions, she experienced inner conflict when expressing these revelations when reintroduced to American academic settings. This autobiography begins with a through explanation of her lineage and family’s immigration to the United States of America, then transitioning to a discussion of challenges she faces in engaging her culture. Through an evaluation of the barriers to reconciling ethnic identity, this paper speaks to both the hardships and unique blessings of a mixed nationality background.